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Magisterial probe ordered into Bhai Bakhtaur incident
Bathinda, October 3
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, District Magistrate, Bathinda, has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident pertaining to the death of a farmer, Gurdev Singh while sitting in dharna on the Bhai Bakhtaur level crossing on September 30 and the circumstances which led to the police lathi charge on the farmers on October 1 while they were trying to stage a dharna on that crossing.

No rules bent for sportspersons: Bhullar
Chandigarh, October 3
Countering the hue and cry raised discreetly by a section of police officers regarding promotions of sportspersons in the Punjab Police, the former Director General of Police, Mr M.S. Bhullar, said today that neither any rule nor any procedure had been violated while making such promotions.

Fresh Vigilance directive to Sukhbir
Chandigarh, October 3
Following the failure of Akali leader Sukhbir Singh Badal to appear before the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in a corruption case, the bureau today issued fresh directions for his personal appearance before its Economic Offence Wing on October 6.

70 down with gastroenteritis
Patiala, October 3
Nearly 70 persons were taken ill due to gastroenteritis at Samana, near here, today. Out of these, 35 were admitted to a private nursing home while 32 were taken to the Samana Civil Hospital. Three persons were admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital at Patiala.

VC stops salary of Pro-VC
Patiala, October 3
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr R.N. Paul today left for Chandigarh to meet Governor Justice O.P. Verma to apprise him of the VC stopping his salary for the past three months.

30 dengue cases confirmed
Hoshiarpur, October 3
As many as 30 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Punjab out of which 27 are in Batala and one each in Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Bathinda. This was disclosed by Dr Devinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Director Health Services, Punjab, while addressing a press conference here today.

An artist gives finishing touches to the effigies of Ravan and Meghnath
An artist gives finishing touches to the effigies of Ravan and Meghnath on the eve of Dashera in Amritsar on Friday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Robbers attack doctor, family members, loot cash, jewellery
Moga, October 3

Suspected kale kachche-wale gang members attacked a veterinary doctor and his two family members in their house at Sant Nagar and decamped with cash and jewellery last night.

India reigning flavour, says Gurinder Chadda
Amritsar, October 3
Speculation runs high about Aishwarya Rai shooting for “Bride and Prejudice” here. Director Gurinder Chadda says she cannot take a risk while producer Deepak Nayyar says, “Aishwarya is most likely to be here.” Most scenes would be difficult to shoot without her, he adds.

From left: Paul Mayeda Berges, Deepak Nayyar and Gurinder Chadda at a press conference in Amritsar on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Paul Mayeda Berges, Deepak Nayyar and Gurinder Chadda at a press conference in Amritsar on Friday
Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya in Amritsar
Amritsar, October 3
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai arrived here reportedly in a chartered flight amid tight security. She was whisked away in a vehicle with dark glasses by the special security provided
for her. Anupam Kher, Namrata Shirodkar, Nadira Babbar
also arrived with her to shoot for the Indo-British
production, "Bribe and Prejudice". — OC


Bhai Ranjit Singh for open debate with Badal
Amritsar, October 3
Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht yesterday said that he would not compromise on the age-old Sikh values for getting him installed as Akal Takht Jathedar.


No terror threat, says DGP
Jalandhar, October 3
Mr A.A. Siddiqui, Director-General of Police, today said Punjab was not facing any terrorist threat at the moment. Talking to mediapersons at the PAP complex here today, Mr Siddiqui said though there was no terrorist threat, the Punjab police was fully geared up to meet any challenge.

Arms training of cops ends
Jalandhar, October 3
As many as 670 police personnel who were imparted training to use automatic and semi-automatic weapons at the PAP Training Centre, participated in the passing out parade here today.

Chairpersons, Mayors may get more powers
Chandigarh, October 3
Chairpersons of government organisation appointed from among politicians by the Punjab Government will be given enough powers, a senior Punjab minister said today. A meeting has been convened by the Chief Minister for October 6 to discuss the grant of powers to chairpersons and Mayors.

Work on development of villages to be speeded up
Fatehgarh Sahib, October 3
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, directed all development officials to work for the all-round development of the selected villages under the Consolidated Rural Development Programme.

Fountains of Nehru Park await replacement
Patiala, October 3
The fountain network installed long back in the Nehru Park continues to be in a state of neglect, although the authorities keep on coming out with various statements regarding its renovation from time to time.

Scheme to help disabled
Faridkot, October 3
Under its various welfare schemes. The National Trust a constituent of the Central Government has introduced the Supported Guardianship scheme for people with four types of disabilities in Faridkot district.


8.54 lakh metric tonnes of paddy procured
Chandigarh, October 3
As much as 8.54 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was procured during the first two days of procurement against last years’ 5.80 lakh MTs.

Paddy procurement starts
Bathinda, October 3
Procurement of paddy started in the district on October 1 and various state agencies has purchased 44737 metric tonnes of paddy. Sources said that farmers have started bringing paddy to grain markets of the region.

Area under wheat to be reduced
Bathinda, October 3
The Punjab government has decided to reduce the area under wheat crop in the coming Rabi season by two lakh hectares to 31.75 lakh hectares from 33.75 lakh hectares.


Twenty Executive Engineers promoted
Chandigarh, October 3
The Punjab Government today ordered the promotion of 20 Executive Engineers as Superintending Engineers.


Oil tanker rams into vehicles, 1 dead
Ludhiana, October 3
One person was killed and eight others were seriously injured when an oil tanker rammed into vehicles at the busy Samrala road traffic light point late this evening. Several vehicles were damaged in the accident.

Satta racket unearthed, two arrested
Abohar, October 3
A team of the Punjab Lotteries Department today unearthed a satta racket run by the state lottery sellers here. Sources said a five-member team of the department, led by Deputy Director Dhanna Singh, sent some fake customers to collect factual evidence from authorised lottery ticket sellers in the local Rani Jhansi market.

Foster father held for rape
Phagwara, October 3
The police today arrested Des Raj, alias Ghuggi, a panch of Kishanpur village for allegedly raping his foster daughter, Des Raj’s wife Rani, his relative Balbir Kaur and nurse Parmel Kaur, alias Pappi, under Sections 376, 313, 506 and 34, IPC, on charges of rape, abortion without woman’s consent and criminal intimidation.

Five of ‘Cobra’ gang arrested
Tarn Taran, October 3
The police has arrested five members of the dreaded “Cobra” gang and four other thieves. A revolver has also been seized.

Man held with fake notes
Jalandhar, October 3
The local police has unearthed a fake currency racket with the arrest of a person along with fake currency notes.

Policemen abscond
Amritsar, October 3
The Majitha police today recorded the statements of the woman who allegedly was raped by three cops of Udoke police post falling under Mehta police station in presence of Mr Dilbagh Singh, SP (D) Majitha.


GND varsity youth festival
Amritsar, October 3
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister of Higher Education and Languages, Punjab, will inaugurate the three-day zonal youth festival (A-zone) for men of the Guru Nanak Dev University on October 9, on the university premises here.

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